The past two days, been doing periods of testing attempting to pee on my own. Per dr. instructions, have blocked off the SP catheter, and just see what happens. Purposely drinking lots of water during these tests. Yesterday, didn't do much, and it hurt to try. This morning, did 2 hours on purpose. I peed about 2 times on my own, but each time, it took all the grunting and pushing in the world to make it come out, and you could tell it was being restricted and forced through a smaller hole than normal. I know this feeling from past stictures and blockages. Eventually, felt pressure in my bladder building up, like you do when you have a blockage. So while taking my shower, I unpugged the cath, and as I expected, it released a lot like niagara falls. Probably at its best, my pee was coming out of my urethra at 10-15% pre-surgery. Considering I have now had 5 corrective surgery, not real happy or impressed.
It may take a while longer and some more patience. I will continue testing every day between now and next Monday when I meet with my uro/surgeon again. Thank goodness I still have the SP catheter in place, I would be sweating bullets today if there were no catheter to relieve me.
So the jury is out, perhaps it will improve in the days ahead, I hope so. Since this morning's attempts, my entire bladder neck area is swollen in pain, no doubt from all the pushing and grunting I put it through earlier.
David in SC
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incontinence: 1 Month ED: Non issue at any point post surgery, no problem post SRT
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out 38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped 9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, 12/7 - Cath #10 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4, Caths #11 and #12 same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days, 3/2- Cath #12 out - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, Caths #13 & #14 same time, 3/6 Cath #13 out - 4 days